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Balinese dictionary awarded UNESCO prize for literacy

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, September 6, 2019  /  04:59 pm
Balinese dictionary awarded UNESCO prize for literacy

Literacy promotion: BASAbali’s website is equipped with a full dictionary, complete with usage examples and Balinese script. (Courtesy of BASAbali/-)

BASAbali Wiki, a Balinese-English-Indonesian dictionary, was one of the five initiatives from around the world to receive the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Literacy Prizes for its contribution to literacy and multilingualism. BASAbali Wiki, launched in 2014, was initiated by the BASAbali Group, spearheaded by Balinese academics and writers in an effort to preserve the Balinese language. BASAbali executive director Gus Dark told The Jakarta Post on Thursday he hoped the award would not only be merely a prestigious achievement for Bali and Indonesia, but rather an opportunity to reinvigorate literacy in the digital era. “This award should encourage Indonesian millennials to master foreign languages as well as local wisdom from their own culture and mother tongue. Literary culture in Indonesia, which is rathe...